March 2017 – Edinburgh Impressions

Dear friends and readers,

Scotland in early March may seem questionable to some; we were confident that it would be fine – and it was!

Ocean Terminal…

Gyle Centre (view from bus stop)


Greyfriar’s Bobby

Edinburgh Castle…

Final snack at the airport and – a great quote: “Caution: Contents may cause happiness.”

The contents actually caused happiness…  🙂


London – May 2016

This time, we did not have plans for our stay in London – except the musical.  😉

We stayed at St. Giles Hotel – perfectly situated for our purposes. As you can see on the map, it is not far from the usual points of interest; it took us only ten minutes to reach the Cambridge Theatre.


We had pints of Spring Sprinter and Oliver’s Island at The Jack Horner pub:



We had breakfast at the Kaffeine, they serve delicious coffee and also have a variety of vegetarian dishes.


We visited the Amnesty Bookshop Hammersmith (same procedure as every time – we never leave empty-handed).  🙂

Leaving Hammersmith is always hard. Here are some photos from our trip back to the city centre:

The IWM (Imperial War Museums) are at five locations.

Five years ago, we visited the HMS Belfast:


Four years ago, we visited the Churchill War Rooms:


This time, we visited the Imperial War Museum London:


Several exhibitions keep the visitors’ minds busy. Walking through a fire trench is something else. The Holocaust Exhibition is intense.

“This award-winning exhibition traces the Nazi persecution and murder of Europe’s Jews from 1933 to 1945. Learn how the political climate enabled Hitler to rise to power and how his ideas spread throughout the country, ultimately affecting people all around the world.
Not recommended for children under the age of 14.”

We were lost in thought on our (bus) trip back to the hotel. It was comforting to see some Buddhist monks entering the hotel lobby; a little peace was exactly what I needed then.

Wolfgang’s birthday treat – as stated before – was revisiting Matilda The Musical. We just adore the Cambridge Theatre:


Seated in Box A we had a fantastic view. As filming and taking photographs is prohibited during the show, here is at least a shot of the expectant audience:




The Terracotta Army (exhibition)

On March 25, we visited the Terracotta Army exhibition in Nuremberg – a few days before the exhibits move to their next location (Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart, Germany). We visited another Terracotta Army exhibition a few years ago, already quite informative at that time. The current exhibition comprises multimedia presentations – also appealing to the kids.

It was difficult to get good shots with so many visitors roaming about. Therefore, please consider this blog post a teaser. A visit to this exhibition is definitely worth a visit, there are several tours on a global level.


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March 2016 – Irish Impressions, #5

Belvedere House Gardens & Park, Westmeath

“An excellent day out with a difference. Belvedere House Gardens and Park offers something for young and old.

Open daily, all year round, visitors can enjoy over 10 km of safe and serene walks, a Georgian Villa, a Victorian Walled Garden, Fairy Garden, 3 Children’s Playgrounds, Gift Shop, several picnic areas and a licensed café operated by Catoca Fine Foods & Giftware. Whether you are part of a gardening group, historical society, active retirement association, family gathering or group of friends, a visit to Belvedere is a superb day with a difference. Annual Membership also available.”  [Source: Belvedere House Garden & Park brochure]

I took these shots on March 8, 2016 – three hours well spent.


Additional information:

A café with tasty meals/snacks and beverages – enjoy!

A lovely gift shop – isn’t this leather-bound notebook the right (birthday) gift for a writer? (even 2 days after her birthday)  😉

This concludes our Irish impressions – an exciting 5-day-trip. Thank you for joining the fun.  :mrgreen: